Certificate - Crossing the Equator, MS Nelly, Wittusen & Jensen AS, 3 Jun 1950 Reg. No: HT 599
- Crossing the Equator Certificate, published by Wittusen & Jensen AS, circa 1950. It was issued to passengers on the MS Nelly for crossing the equator on 3 June 1950. This certificate was given to either Nicolae or Barbara Condurateanu on their voyage to Australia in 1950.
Nicolae Condurateanu was a Romanian who was placed in a POW camp during World War II in Germany. He met his wife Barbara, also a Romanian, when she caught the wrong train and ended up in a German Displaced Persons camp, where Nicolae was Barbara had spent World War II in a Russian POW camp and was meant to have been on a train back to Romania. The couple married in 1948 at the A1 Heetre Camp and immigrated to Australia in 1950, where Nicolae worked in a Tea factory and Barbara at the Four and Twenty Pie factory. They had no family in Australia and had to rely on each other for support eventually purchasing a house and establishing a life in their new country.
- Rectangular cream certificate with a boarder of sea creatures, and a picture of mermaids and king Neptune at the top of the certificate. There is extensive black text and the certificate has been signed and stamped in purple ink.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Carla Lolicato, 2001
|Dimensions:||25.50 cm (Height), 34.90 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||displaced persons, immigration, migrant camps, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, romanian communities, romanian immigration, certificates, crossing the equator ceremonies|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Transport Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Travel - Shipboard Life|
|Inscriptions:||Text: IMPERIUM NEPTUNI REGIS/ [extensive text]|
|Publisher:||Wittusen and Jensen AS, Oslo, Norway, circa 1950|
|Ship Depicted:||MS Nelly, 1950|
|Issued To:||Nicolae Condurateanu, 3 Jun 1950
|Issued To:||Barbara Condurateanu, 3 Jun 1950